England coach Eddie Jones admits he made a ‘mistake’ in World Cup ultimate defeat to South Africa


England coach Eddie Jones admits he made a ‘mistake’ in World Cup ultimate defeat to South Africa, by not bringing in ‘some contemporary legs’ to start out after gruelling semi-final win in opposition to New Zealand

  • Eddie Jones guided England to the 2019 Rugby World Cup ultimate in Japan 
  • England beat New Zealand within the semi-finals and Jones caught with the identical group
  • On reflection, the Aussie admits he ought to have refreshed the beginning XV
  • South Africa had been victorious as Jones misplaced in a RWC ultimate for the second time 

Eddie Jones admits he made a ‘mistake looking back’ in his group choice for England’s loss to South Africa within the ultimate of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 

Jones’ facet had pulled off a memorable victory in opposition to double world-champions New Zealand within the semi-finals per week earlier in what was a gruelling 19-7 triumph. 

Nevertheless, having picked precisely the identical beginning XV for the ultimate, Owen Farrell and Co could not attain the heights of the week earlier than and slumped to a 32-12 defeat by the hands of the Springboks – it was solely the second time in 4 years he determined in opposition to making any adjustments. 

Eddie Jones admits he made a mistake in his group choice for the 2019 World Cup ultimate

South Africa were crowned world champions after a 32-12 win against England in Japan

South Africa had been topped world champions after a 32-12 win in opposition to England in Japan 

‘The essential recreation for us was at all times going to be that semi-final, we knew we had been going to play New Zealand within the semi-final, in order that was the sport we needed to plan for,’ Jones, Jones, speaking solely to the Not Simply Cricket Podcastmentioned. 

‘We at all times knew then it was going to be troublesome to return again up as a result of you have to be at your best possible to beat New Zealand within the semi. And we had been, however then we wrestle to get again to that degree. 

‘We had been in all probability 2 per cent off they usually (South Africa) had been 2 per cent higher, and that is the distinction in these video games.’

Jones provides that he ought to have modified the beginning XV on account of the trouble his gamers put in within the win in opposition to the All Blacks.  

‘I feel the one mistake I made looking back, is that I’d have introduced some contemporary legs in to start out the sport for gamers that had been possibly psychologically put on a bit drained, and possibly some contemporary guys would have given us one thing. 

Jones' side peaked in the World Cup in the semi-final victory against holders New Zealand

Jones’ facet peaked within the World Cup within the semi-final victory in opposition to holders New Zealand 

‘But when we had been 1 per cent higher, we nonetheless may have received that recreation, they usually’re the superb margins that you just’re searching for. And once more, it simply reinforces how essential the psychology is of performances. 

‘We’re all looking out to seek out higher methods of getting constant efficiency.’

It was the second World Cup ultimate lack of Jones’ profession, after his Wallabies facet misplaced to England on dwelling turf in a memorable 2003 ultimate.  

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